Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.



How wonderful to live in an area that is rich with cultural activities. Today, we decided to go to San Francisco. The drive was short and sweet -- from Alameda, it took us less than 20 minutes to go downtown on a Sunday.   Asian Art Museum We went to the The Asian Art Museum to see the special ex...
Much as I love the presence of websites like Trulia and Zillow where I can enhance my listings, answer questions, even blog.....from time to time, I get inquiries from people who "found the listing on the internet". Oftentimes, the listing is either sold/expired, or it's not even listed (as in t...
In Alameda County CA , I was under the impression that market values peaked in the mid-2000s. Actually, the highest percent increase in market values actually occurred in 2000. Here are the cities with the highest appreciation in 2000:  Emeryville     33% Oakland        33% Union City     33% Fre...
Fred Griffin from Tallahassee FL put many reasons why an offer may be rejected. This is an excellent list...and from a listing agent's point of view, it's extremely important in a very hot seller's market for the buyers and their agents to keep in mind all of these reasons why their offers may be...
Has anyone else run into this? My client expressed an interest in a property which we haven't seen yet because it just came up. The only viewing opportunity was during the first and only open house.  At the open house, the out-of-area agent asked buyers and their agents if they're interested in s...
List price: Too low? Too high? It was a buyer's market in 2011. And yes, back then, buyers had more opportunities to negotiate lower offers, credits, and/or repairs. But starting in 2012.....prices started improving. Buyers started getting off the fence. And now, in's turned into a ful...
Did you know that.... Alameda has the largest number of Victorians, per capita, than any city in the world. San Francisco Business Times featured Alameda CA...and pointed out that Alameda Has the largest number of Victorian homes per capita, than any city in the world Has the second highest numbe...
According to San Francisco Business Times in their feature article on Alameda CA      "Alameda has the second highest number of boat slips per capita of any city in the world, after Marina Del Rey."   Considering that Alameda is an island -- with access to San Francisco Bay and beyond --- and not...
Gardens, gardens, gardens everywhere   Perhaps it’s the almost perfect weather....or perhaps it’s the rich soil. Whatever the reason is, it seems anything we plant in the ground thrives. When I lived in Florida, my Lilies of the Nile (Agapanthus)  bloomed just once: in the summer. But in the Bay ...
The Mystery of the Old Coast Guard housing in Alameda CA   Alameda is such a small island, and has its share of mysteries such as what they’re going to do with  Alameda Point, a former naval base. That’s a big question mark.     One of our favorite walks is along the Coast Guard near Alameda Poin...

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